A 19 year old Dianella woman who was the first deafblind university student in WA has been crowned the 2016 WA Young Person of the year.
Aspiring journalism student, Vanessa Vlajkovic, also won the Positive Achievement Award at the WA Youth Awards held at Crown Perth on 25 November.
Born blind and losing her hearing about the age of seven, Vanessa was acknowledged for never letting her sensory loss prevent her from getting involved in her community.
Vanessa is now a strong advocate for deafblind people in WA, establishing Deafblind West Australians, an entity providing support, social interaction and advocacy for deafblind people.
The WA Youth Awards are presented by the Youth Affairs Council of WA, in partnership with the Department of Local Government and Communities, and supported by Lotterywest.
Other WA Youth Awards winners were:
Commissioner for Children and Young People Participate Award: Brianne Yarran, Bennett Springs.
ECU Community Leadership Award: Courtney Fare, Seville Grove.
Cultural Endeavours Award: Oscar Kaspi-Crutchett, Mount Lawley.
Minister for Youths' Outstanding Youth Worker Award: Mark Bird, Currambine.
Organisational Achievement Award - Large Organisation: Armadale Youth Intervention Partnership, Armadale.
Organisational Achievement Award - Small Organisation: WA Youth Cancer Advisory Committee, Nedlands.
For more information, visit the WA Youth Awards website.